Second battery in three months,battery acid is covering the positive post. Battery tested at about 9 volts. Do not know if I should charge or just replace. Also, I need to know if this is a problem with the battery or corroded battery cables.
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Re: Saab 9 3, 2003. Battery acid covering post
Most likely not a battery problem. Since the battery is fairly new, a good charge should restore it. As far as the corrosion, A thorough cleaning of the battery cables should suffice and replacement shouldn't be necessary.
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Same philosophy regardless of vehicle or equipment.
CAUTION! Battery contains acid which can also be present in general area. Take appropriate precautions.
1) Dis-connect Negative terminal.
2) Disconnect Positive terminal.
3) Remove battery hold down brackets
4) Remove battery from vehicle. Rinse hands to make sure no acid on them
5) Clean terminal connections (battery post clamps). I use a weak solution of baking soda in water and soak the clamps until the foaming stops, then rinse well with fresh water. It's a good idea to rinse the battery tray with the baking soda solution and then water before installing the new battery.
6) Place the new battery in the correct position in the vehicle.
7) Re-install the hold down brackets.
8) Connect the positive cable to the positive battery terminal.
9) Connect the negative cable to the Negative battery terminal.
10) Start engine to check.
11) All done, Make sure the hood is closed.
12) Nap time.
Chances are you have a short, usually a faulty wire. This can be a simple leakage from an insulation problem, or attachment that is loose. Tighten all fittings and remove any debris that cover the battery posts, especially corrosion. Check electronic connections at the starter. The starter can be tested outside the car for continuity and functionality.
Have the batter load tested as there may be a faulty bridge inside the battery. Never jump start from any point other that the battery post positive with the negative cable attached to the engine If you continue to jump the way you described then sooner or later you will cause a power surge which will fry the CPU.. Check all cables are shiny clean and tight all the way from the battery posts to the starter.
equipped with an SID (Saab Information Display) unit that displays various information about the amount of fuel left, the radio station
you're listening to and the key's battery status. It is time to change
your key batteries if the key stops working or responds slower than
usual. The SID on your car will also say "Replace Key Battery."
Saab keys use either a CR 2032 or a CR 1632 battery depending on key
type. There are two types of keys. The first generation key has one key
and a transponder and the second generation key is a one piece key with a
built in transponder.
First Generation Key
Loosen the single screw that is located by the key ring. Use
the small Phillips screwdriver to remove the screw that is on top of the
Lift the plastic top. Remove the old battery and insert the new CR 2032 battery.
Put the transponder back together and tighten the screw using the Phillips screwdriver.
Press the alarm five times to re-synchronize the transponder with your car.
Second Generation Key
Push the plastic catch with the pushpin to open the cover
latch. The transponder has a plastic catch that is hard to depress. The
pushpin will separate it.
Lift the plastic cover. Remove the old battery and replace it with the new CR 1632 battery. Position the battery properly.
Put the cover back and press the plastic together.
Test the transponder with your car to make sure it is working.
The procedure for removal and installation of a starter depends on whether your Saab is a manual or automatic. If you need a more detailed explanation let me know and I will either post it or can email it to you. It seems the Saab engineers couldn't of made it harder for a DIYer. Good luck! Remove the Black clutch cover on the manual & half cover on the auto Remove the Red battery cable on the Battery Remove the Red battery cable on the Starter Remove the yellow wire from the starter solenoid Loosen the brace to the bottom of the intake manifold Remove the bolts or nuts from the starter through the front timing cover
If the original battery ever broke one of the posts, acid would have leaked into the cable end. This usually happened to the positive cable. Check for corrosion in both cables by pulling off the plastic cover on the cable ends. If if looks green in the cable end where it should be copper the cable is bad.
could be a clamp or the wires are wore in about the place where the clamp tightens on. You can also buy felt rings to put on your post to prevent any more sulfur. Easy to clean it throughly is Coke a Cola.
Now you might need get new cables I would just do that. Thats cheaps route I know for trial and error
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It sounds like you are not getting power to the alternator if it is really god. check the large wire at the post with your meter it should have the same voilage as the battery. if not try cleaning the connections at the battery and check the inline fuse link .